Monthly Archives: May 2015

Remembering Each One

Our mission with this fundraising effort is to digitally preserve the pensions files from the War of 1812. Those files generally are initiated by a veteran of the war, but there are many more who deserve to be remembered today: Memorial Day.


During the War of 1812, 2,600 American’s lost their lives during combat. Another 12,000 died as a result of disease and other causes. Who were these men? What are their stories?


Seaman Charles Backster, who was killed on August 14, 1813. He served aboard the Argus, which captured 23 British vessels before it was lost in battle.

Colonel Williiam Pitt Atlee, of the 1st Division, Pennsylvania Militia, who died in 1815.

Michael Angel, a Private in the Dragoons, who died while held at Dartmoor Prison on November 22, 1814.

One resource to utilize for U.S. casualties is the text, “Known Military Dead During the War of 1812″ prepared by Ex Lieut. Clarence Stewart Patterson, M.A. (available on Google Books). For those with Canadian ancestors, you can utilize the War of 1812 Casualty Database as a starting place for your research.

There are so many more stories to share. Today, we strive to remember each and every individual who was lost during the War of 1812; and we invite you to share your story with us. Leave a comment with your Memorial Day tribute here or on our Facebook page, and we shall remember each one together.

Celebrations and Challenges

2015 has been a big year for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign. We’re excited about the progress we have made so far, and we hope you are too! In February, while at the FGS & Rootstech 2015 Annual Conference, we announced that we reached the 50% mark in our fundraising efforts to digitally preserve the pension files from the War of 1812.

We wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to see this incredible moment play out; it’s something that we as a community should be very proud of. Which is why we wanted to share the video with you; so that all of us could take a moment to soak in what this truly means. 50%. Half way there.

What do you say we finish this in 2015?

We have issued a challenge to every genealogical society in the nation. Mike Hall has issued a personal challenge to himself, and to faithful readers of The Legal Genealogist. Take on one — or both! Let’s get this done.